My beloved Mt. Tam Church,
On my morning walk with Sophie today, I ran into my neighbor Agnes, with whom I always have a delightful conversation. Instead of mere pleasantries, today as she saw me, she blurted out, in a tone of near-panic, “I’m having my surgery tomorrow. Just found out on Friday!” Agnes has needed a knee replacement for months and now, the suddenness of the event has shaken her up.
Immediately, I asked her how I could help, because, well, between how I was raised and what I believe, that’s what you do! What I love is that she named specific ways of being able to help-her friend who is staying with her doesn’t drive, so maybe some rides. And yes, a couple of meals in the freezer would be nice. So many times, we want to help but folks aren’t quite sure how that can manifest. I am grateful for Agnes’ directness and openness.
This Sunday is our last Sunday of piecing together the Patchwork of Faithful Integrity. Together, we’ve focused on values, particularly moral courage and humility. This Sunday is all about helpfulness…which seems relatively easy but when you peel back the layers, isn’t as simple as it appears. What is true helpfulness and how can it be defined and therefore, carried out? What are the ways of helpfulness that you find most meaningful? And what kind of help do you need?
See you in church on Sunday!